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Going Green Despite Snow — and Irony — a Climate Protest Persists

Protesters stand in front of an entrance to the US Capitol Power Plant during a march by the Capitol Climate Action Coalition to demand that the plant switch from coal to natural gas power on March 2, 2009 in Washington, DC.

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The call rang out through Washington early on the morning of Mar. 2: the biggest act of civil disobedience against global warming in American history would not, in fact, be snowed out.

Time Magazine
Tuesday, March 3, 2009

A Capitol Offense

No coal. Photo: Pete Muller/Greenpeace via Flickr

No one was arrested, but not for lack of trying.

An estimated 2,500 people protested outside Washington, D.C.'s Capitol Power Plant on Monday -- the nation's largest act of civil disobedience against coal power.

Grist
Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Anti-coal protesters march through snow over global warming

A rare March snowstorm on Monday did not stop several thousand global-warming protesters from marching on the Capitol Power Plant (CPP), where they called for an end to coal-burning.

Draped in winter jackets, hats and scarves on an unseasonably cold day, protesters made their way from the park behind the Rayburn House Office Building to the power plant, with some carrying signs demanding “Green Jobs Now.”

Hundreds of U.S. Capitol Police officers lined the streets and guarded the plant from second-level outdoor catwalks.

The Hill
Monday, March 2, 2009

Power plant near Capitol should stop burning coal, congressional leaders say

Four days before a planned civil disobedience action at a coal-fired power plant near the U.S. Capitol, the leaders of the House of Representatives and the Senate asked Thursday for the plant to replace all its coal with natural gas.

McClatchy Newspapers
Thursday, February 26, 2009

Oil Wars Bring Local Victory

Palm oil is emerging as a major environmental battleground. The thick oil has become a nearly ubiquitous ingredient in cosmetics and processed foods, and rainforests around the world are being cleared to accommodate expanding production.

San Francisco Chronicle
Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Impending Collapse of Climate Talks Fails World's Forests and People

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Copenhagen – The impending collapse of climate change talks here has dashed hopes that the Copenhagen process could provide real solutions to protect the world’s forests and reduce the approximately 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.

World leaders must deliver strong goals and money to make REDD happen

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Funding and targets absent as REDD text moves to ministerial level

Copenhagen - As REDD negotiating text goes to ministers this morning at the Copenhagen climate change talks, two outcomes are possible with several pivotal issues undecided. An agreement to reduce deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) could be the strongest global measure ever enacted to protect the world's forests or a deal to incentivize their destruction.

Hundreds Rally at W.Va. Department of Environmental Protection against Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

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Monday, December 7, 2009

CHARLESTON, W.Va.- West Virginians and their allies, including Robert Kennedy, Jr., rallied today at the headquarters of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to call for an end to mountaintop removal coal mining, starting with an end to the blasting of Coal River Mountain. Coal River Mountain, the site of a proposed wind farm, is becoming a line in the sand for those demanding an end to the mining practice.

Mountaintop Removal Mining Protests Go National

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Friday, October 30, 2009

WASHINGTON-- Hundreds are participating today with Mountain Justice, Rainforest Action Network and other environmental groups in nationwide protests demanding an end to mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia. As part of the national day of action, 14 people staged a sit-in at the EPA headquarters in Washington, DC. They were joined by approximately 50 coalfield residents and allies who held a rally in front of the building.

Rainforest Action Network Releases Seventy-Foot Banner Over Niagara Falls to 'Welcome' Prime Minister Harper to the U.S.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

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